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're going to talk about the fiscal cliff, we're going to talk about the global economy. we're going to talk about the civil war in syria. we'll talk about the royal baby coming soon. first we want to get right to zoraida sambolin for an update on the day's top stories. >> soledad, the fiscal cliff debacle, with 28 days remaining before drastic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, a republican spending plan has been rejected by the white house. brianna keilar is live from washington. what now, brianna? >> well, right now it's about the pressure building and the clock kicking, zoraida. as house republicans in the white house try to ultimately broker a deal between two very different plans. house speaker john boehner's counteroffer, if you take a look at the headlines from this $800 billion in what would be savings from tax reform. so that is new tax revenue. but not done by increasing income tax rate on the wealthiest. but instead by closing tax loopholes, eliminating tax credits. and also $600 billion in health savings. that's what you'd get from entitlement reform. from reforming medica
will also make the case that this fiscal cliff will have a negative impact on the overall economy and he will push these business leaders to support his approach. soledad? >> dan lothian, in washington, d.c., for us, thank you. >>> just a few minutes we'll be chatting with stephanie cutter, the woman who helped manage president obama's re-election campaign. we'll talk more about the fiscal cliff. >>> first a look at other stories that are making news today. zoraida has that for us. >> good morning to you. the death toll in the philippines is rising this morning. typhoon bopha moving toward beach resorts in the northern part of the country and right now it is packing winds over 90 miles an hour. that storm has already caused massive flooding and landslides in the southern philippines. dozens of buildings have been destroyed and the death toll stands at 133 with hundreds more still missing. >>> meantime in rain soaked seattle there are concerns about more mudslides. meteorologist karen maginnis joins us live from atlanta with the latest. they cannot get a break. >> they really can't, and f
went off the cliff it would have substantial adverse effects on the economy. nobody wants to go over the cliff. including, in my opinion, john boehner. however, we ought not to hold hostage middle-class tax cuts, and that's what you're talking about, tom cole, that wasn't a question of compromise, it was simply to say, look, we all agree that middle-class tax rates ought not to get a tax increase on january 1st. not good for them. not good for the economy. we'll pass that. the senate's passed a bipartisan bill that called for that. tom cole the former chairman of the republican campaign committee in the house of representatives said just earlier this week we'll all pass that. i agree with him. secondly, the republicans have agreed that we need to have some sort of balance, more and more republicans are saying we need to have revenues. you cannot do it simply with cutting spending. thirdly, i don't think that anybody wants to hurt the vulnerable in america. >> no, i think -- but the question, the question here is, is on the issue of taxes for instance. the president proposed tax cuts
, the economy, if, in fact, we do go over the fiscal cliff, taxes will go up, major spending cuts will kick in. this weekend republican south carolina congressman seth graham said he thinks that we're going to go off the fiscal cliff in fact and he said this, i think we're going to go over the cliff, it seems to me that they made a political calculation. this offer doesn't remotely deal with entitlement reform in a way to save medicare, medicaid and social security from imminent bankruptcy. senator richard blumenthal is a democrat from the state of connecticut. he joins us this morning. >> good to see you. >> you heard lindsey graham saying he thinks we're going off the cliff. you think that's true? >> i respectfully disagree. i'm really encouraged that we can avoid this fiscal cliff for a number of reasons. first of all, there is a growing group of republicans who say we really need to raise revenue, not just talk about raising revenue, but actually increase taxes on the wealthiest 2%. and they're willing to consider those kinds of taxes that the president proposed so that middle-class americ
agreed we should have a balanced approach to deficit reduction that doesn't hurt the economy and doesn't hurt middle class families. if both parties agree we should not raise taxes on middle class families let's begin our work with where we agree. >> americans are concerned. but divided over the best solution to avoid the fiscal cliff. take a look at an abc news washington post poll that shows 60% of americans support upper income americans having their taxes raised. 37% oppose it. on issue of reducing deductions, 44% support that. 49% oppose it. much like lawmakers they realize there is a big problem that needs to be fixed but divided on how to fix it. >> in addition to the goings on in the capitol there is a big lunch at the white house today. governor romney coming by for a bite to eat. a lot of speculation about what might be discussed at the meal and the possibility of maybe future job? >> jay carney pushed back on that yesterday. the president said there was no suggestion here that he had a special assignment for him. the president invited mitt romney to come to the white house b
on fiscal cliff and the state of the u.s. economy. >>> other top stories for you this morning, former senator and presidential candidate bob dole expected to be discharged from a washington's walter reed army medical center today. an aide says the 89-year-old checked himself into the hospital for a routine procedure and that he's doing well. you might want to put down the pork chop. a new study from consumer reports found 69% of raw pork products in u.s. supermarkets are contaminated by a foodborne bacteria that can cause fever, cramps and intestinal bleeding. researchers say it means we need better hygiene in animal plants. the pork industry questions the methods used in the study. >> wow. >> cook your meat. >> we eat a lot of bacon on this show. >> the country does or you and i personally? >> the country does. and then you and i personally. >> yeah. >> eat a lot of bake be. awe should microwave it before we -- still ahead this morning on "starting point," might be another stand your ground case to tell you about in the state of florida. teenager shot and killed. the murder suspect s
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